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03/13/2017 - Walk On Home, Boy...

Obsidian

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Well, the weekend has come and gone and progress has been made in several areas.  Today I am 1 month, 2 weeks, 2 hours and 10 minutes smoke free (as of 10:30 AM). :)  According to my app, I've been smoke free for 961.11 hours, I've saved $200.25 and I've not smoked 1,001 Pall Mall Light 100's (or 5 cartons-worth).  I would reward myself with some type of treat, a movie, some electronics, etc., but unfortunately(?) my wife's budget has cannibalized the 'Cigarette Budget' and added it to the 'New Car Fund'.  Fair enough.  I'd just waste it on crap anyway.

This weekend was a very productive one, though it almost turned out to be a bust.  Friday evening I let myself go and ate half of a large Pizza Hut pizza.  Maybe you've been there before, and maybe you haven't, but it's a weird experience in retrospect.  I had one slice of pizza, then another, then another and another.  I went to bed with my stomach aching and feeling like a slob and a loser.  I wasn't even that hungry.  It just felt good to eat.  I felt dejected and sad; worse than if I had smoked a cigarette, or even a pack of cigarettes.  Saturday I couldn't do much of anything because we had family over, one of which who has had Bariatric Surgery recently.  We ate pretty sensible on Saturday.  One weird thing I tried that I hadn't tried before was a lettuce wrapped sandwich from Jimmy Johns.  Everyone wanted Jimmy Johns for some reason.  I just ended up pulling the lettuce off and eating the meet and cheese.  The lettuce wrap did not work as intended, in my personal opinion.  It was well done, but too much.

Sunday, I knew I had to atone.  Luckily it was a very sunny day out, even though it was only in the mid-30's.  I had to run to the office to take care of something I had forgotten about on Friday, and since my office is right on the Ohio River, I figured I'd go for a stroll, and considering I'm not under the constraints of work, I could stroll as long as I wanted.  I sat my Samsung Fit2 for an hour's walk and set out fully intending to walk a lot more than that.  And boy did I walk.  I just kept walking and walking and did a circuit through three cities!  I started in Covington, crossed over into Cincinnati, walked around the newly developed Smale Riverfront Park and passed my beloved Great American Ball Park, home of the Cincinnati Reds.  I did some exploring then crossed a bridge over into Newport, KY and then walked back through to Covington, KY where I started.  My results were as follows:

Time Spent Walking: 01:36:03 (stopped and started a lot to take pictures)
Distance: 4.04 mi
Total Calories Burned: 722 Cal (According to Samsung SHealth)
Average Speed: 3 MPH
Max Speed: 5.5 MPH (Damned techno)
Total Ascent: .59 mi
Avg. Heart Rate: 119 bpm
Max. Heart Rate: 146 bpm

I don't care too much for all of the 'Total Ascent' and some of the other measurements.  I care most for the distance and the time spent.  I know that it's a lot of up and down hill stuff, it's not all flat walking, and I know my average heart rate would be higher but I stopped a lot to take pictures (in the span of 90 minutes I took a total of 75 unique pictures, two movies, and 5 panoramic pictures for reference.  Next time I walk I intend on doing so without the camera.

At any rate, Sunday I did well on my food log.  I ate ~800 calories and burned about 722 according to Samsung.  If you read this far, can you tell me if you think that is healthy?  I know asking health questions to anyone outside of my doctor is frowned upon, but I'm curious and I feel okay, don't want to bug the physicians unless I'm really feeling funky. 

Sorry, wanted to get this blog finished before I have to leave for my kid's doctor's appointment.  She's 15 months old today, and I've got a feeling that it's immunization city for her.  Pray that we have a nurse that doesn't drag the process out.  Most nurses can give 3 or 4 jabs in the blink of an eye and I can distract her from them.  The last one put about half a minute or more between each shot and poor baby girl did not appreciate that at all.  Neither did mommy or daddy.




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well congrats to you..  can you tell me did you gain weight from the pizza disaster ?  Not that i want to try that althouh i completely understand eating even if your not hungry and it just feels good.  i m glae to know im not the only one who feels like that sometimes.  keep doing what your doing and best of luck on your journey>

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Well done on the not smoking. In Australia we have HUGE taxes on cigarettes, so you would have saved about $800 if you were here. That's the price we pay for having a public health system. Don't beat yourself up over the pizza....yes I've been there, done that, but overall one slip made no difference in the overall scheme of things. In fact I reckon it actually helped kickstart me from my seemingly never ending stall back to a downward trend on the scales. That doesn't mean I'd recommend it, but one slip doesn't mean the end of the world is coming either.

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22 hours ago, sleeved524 said:

well congrats to you..  can you tell me did you gain weight from the pizza disaster ?  Not that i want to try that althouh i completely understand eating even if your not hungry and it just feels good.  i m glae to know im not the only one who feels like that sometimes.  keep doing what your doing and best of luck on your journey>

Thank you for the kind words.  As far as weight gain from the pizza disaster, just an FYI, I'm pre-op, so your mileage may vary.  I didn't necessarily GAIN weight from it, but I did notice I hadn't lost as much as I had planned on losing that week, I'm my eating habits were directly to blame, because I have been exercising my ever-loving butt off.  I'm walking 2+ miles a day on hilly terrain and I'm being very careful with portion size and what I'm putting in my mouth.  I'm trying to get used to eating habits that I'll have to make after surgery, that way I don't struggle with them after. 

 

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10 hours ago, Aussie H said:

Well done on the not smoking. In Australia we have HUGE taxes on cigarettes, so you would have saved about $800 if you were here. That's the price we pay for having a public health system. Don't beat yourself up over the pizza....yes I've been there, done that, but overall one slip made no difference in the overall scheme of things. In fact I reckon it actually helped kickstart me from my seemingly never ending stall back to a downward trend on the scales. That doesn't mean I'd recommend it, but one slip doesn't mean the end of the world is coming either.

Yeah, like I may have mentioned, I live in Kentucky and it's about the cheapest place for decent quality cigarettes in the developed world.  I can buy a carton of top quality cigarettes for $38.00 including tax, and that's if the cigarette companies aren't offering incentives.  Sometimes I can buy a pack of 20 of my favorite brand for $2.50.  It used to be because Kentucky earned a lot of money from tobacco taxes because that's literally all that used to be grown on farms here.  You never saw corn or soy.  When I was a kid I worked tobacco fields for extra money during the summer.  Every field and bottom you'd see in my area of Kentucky was covered in Tobacco.  Now all of those farms are shut down or have switched to corn or soy.  I'd say Kentucky cigarette taxes are due to go through the roof, because we simply aren't growing it anymore.

As far as the pizza incident, I'm giving myself a bit of a reprieve on it.  I mean, after all, it's done and over with.  I'm 4 months out from surgery and I'm still working out healthy eating habits.  The fact that I've lost weight while quitting smoking is a big deal for me.  I always thought I'd gain when I quit.  But one thing is for sure, if I can get this eating under control, my weight is going to fall off.  Like I said, I'm exercising like crazy now.  Walking through the pain and discomfort and reminding myself that every painful step I take now is one less painful step I'll have to take in the future.  :)

Thanks for the kind words.

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